Armor composed of a breastplate and back made of small slats in the central area and cylindrical rods on the sides. Leather strips join the two parts. The perimeter is decorated in red with geometrical elements; in the centre there are square and rectangular spaces with a sketched face in black and red. This kind of armor is made from hardwood and could be worn over or under another leather one. The decoration is based on symbols and its construction is typical of the Tlingit culture. The breastplate extensions protect the neck and the genital area while allowing greater freedom of movement for arms and legs. The boards have circular holes in the upper part so they can be knotted with leather strips and hang correctly on the bearer’s shoulders. This piece forms part of the group of works collected during the last third of the 18th century during the different Spanish scientific expeditions that reached the region.


  • Title: Armor
  • Date: 1767 - 1800
  • Provenance: Alaska
  • Type: Armamento
  • External Link: CERES
  • Medium: Madera, cuero, fibra vegetal y pigmento
  • Photographer: Joaquín Otero Úbeda
  • Cultural context: Tlingit

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